100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Ardeo & Bardeo


Cheeseburger with fried egg. Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Ardeo + Bardeo


American, Modern
3311 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Washington, DC 20008
3311 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
NW Northwest Dr
Silver Spring, MD

This is the iPod Shuffle of restaurant menus. There are
trendily bad-for-you bar snacks like cheese fries but also esoterica such
as French breakfast radishes with butter. Timid eaters can order a chicken
breast; the adventurous can dive into a seven-hour braised leg of suckling
pig with redeye gravy. And that’s not to mention the charcuterie, boutique
pizzas, and big, soulful bowls of pasta.

This something-for-everyone approach puts strains on a kitchen
and means that Ardeo works best as the neighborhood restaurant it was
intended to be—where regular patrons swing by a couple of times a week and
order the same few things as always.

Don’t miss: Miniature
open-faced steak-and-potato sandwiches with horseradish crème fraîche;
salmon rillettes with “everything” bagels; chicken soup with
green chili; rabbit Bolognese; vanilla-mascarpone cheesecake;
chocolate-pistachio tart.

Open: Monday through Friday for
dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Expensive.

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.